because these moments should be remembered

What’s my specialty? Natural photos captured in a relaxed, no fuss way that maximize the joy of your family session. I’ll capture bright, intimate, and sun-drenched photos in a fun way, ensuring you and your family feel comfortable in front of the camera and love the way you look and feel. 

Let me capture the love you have for your family so it can be treasured for a lifetime.

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For more information about session pricing or booking a date, please fill out the form below and I will be in touch soon with a full pricing guide!

Thanks so much for stopping and please keep scrolling for more tips on how to maximize your family session!

xo, Vanessa

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How it Works 

1 – Fill out the contact form above to schedule your family session. 

2 - Here's my favorite part! We'll meet up at a beautiful location for your session. All you have to do is show up. I’ll do the rest! I’ll make sure you feel at ease in front of the camera and we capture the joy and love of your family. (Your session fee is due at this time.) 

3 – Within two weeks of your session, your edited photos will be ready! Your finished gallery of edited images will be ready to view and share on your personal online gallery. Shortly after your online gallery is published, I will send you a customized flash drive of your images and recommendations of my favorite print gallery to order your own images. Your images are yours to keep and enjoy for years and years to come!

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What to Expect

 

I want you to feel totally comfortable in your own skin, and have fun! Your session will take 1 to 1 ½ hours. I encourage you to bring a favorite toy for your kids, water, and snacks to revive tired or hungry little ones. When we meet up for photos, I’ll spend most of the time capturing natural family interactions. I will pose you for some photos, but often my favorite photos are the ones of you laughing and having a good time together. Sometimes as Moms, we feel the need to coach our kids during the picture process. “Smile!” “Look at the camera!” “Say cheese!” It’s only natural. My hope is to capture your kids’ natural and unforced smiles, and I have tricks that often work like a charm. As parents, I want you to focus on having fun with your kids. Time spent loving on them and laughing with them makes some of the best photographs. 

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What to Wear 

Let’s be honest, it’s usually us ladies who care most about what we look like, so that’s why I usually advise the lady of the house to be the one who picks her outfit out first. I’m a firm believer in the tried and true premise that “If Mama ain’t happy, then nobody’s happy.” It’s sure true in my house. Ask my hubby. So, ladies, pick out what you feel best in. Go splurge and buy yourself something you absolutely love and feel great in. Then, plan everyone else’s outfits around yours. I know it sounds slightly self-absorbed, but trust me, I’ve done this for years and it works. Once you’ve found an outfit you feel amazing in, it will be easier to coordinate the others around you. 

Another great thing to do is to pick a “Color Palette” for your family. Take a look at the example below ~ and think of planning your family’s outfits around that color family so that everyone blends. Think coordinated, not matchy matchy. We don’t want everyone in white polos, but we do want you and your mate or family to look like a coordinated unit.

To find color family options, check out Design Seeds or type in Color Palette on Pinterest for lots of options.

Last but not least, try to avoid large logos or lettering on the clothing you choose. And before you go, don’t forget to add in textures, patterns, and accessories. Scarves, chunky necklaces, or a favorite pair of boots can often make an outfit! 


Location & Timing

 

I love bright, natural, and sun-drenched images, so it works best to do sessions outdoors in the early morning or early evening for the best light. The best months for outdoor family portraits are May through October, but with our sunny Colorado weather, family photos can be taken at any time of year. Family portraits in the autumn colors are a popular choice, and a great way to get a photo to send out on holiday cards. These sessions are very popular, so please contact me in advance to ensure availability. A spot that is meaningful to your family is often a great location for portraits: a favorite park, hiking trail, or community garden. Location is up to you, but I have some suggestions that I love sharing with clients! 

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STYLE

I focus on capturing images that tell the story of who you are as a couple or family. I love to interact with you and your kids in a fun way, and place you in the best light that makes you feel at ease in front of the camera and helps you look your best.

I believe that getting your picture taken should be easy and fun…without all the fuss. Captured in a natural outdoor setting to make you look your absolute best. Authentic. Bright. Full of joy!

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Meaningful Objects

Sometimes incorporating meaningful objects can be a fun way to add life and joy in to your photos. Consider what you and your family love to do together, and think about if one of those activities could be added in to your session. 

Some ideas include:

  • Cruiser Bikes

  • Balloons

  • Books

  • A hammock

  • A picnic blanket and basket

  • A watering can and basket of flower

  • An old fashioned automobile

  • Ice cream cones or popsicles

  • Bubbles

  • Cupcakes for an upcoming birthday!

I encourage you to bring something to your session that is meaningful or fun for your family and I will make sure to incorporate it in some of the photos.

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Weather

Most sessions are photographed in outdoor locations, in beautiful morning or evening light. If the weather is rainy or windy, or if the forecast looks grim, I will contact you to reschedule. 


Illness 

If you or one of your family members is feeling under the weather on the day of your session, please don’t hesitate to call and reschedule. We want everyone to be feeling their best on the day that we do pictures. There is no fee or charge for rescheduling due to illness. 


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To get more information about pricing or booking a session, please fill out the contact form below and I will be in touch soon!

xo, 

Vanessa

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